Friday, January 8, 2010

Winter Skin Care

It's that time of year again when winter casts its cold and wicked spell on my boys. Ever since they were babies, they've suffered from eczema. For them, summer and winter are usually the seasons that causes this skin outbreak. Their skin becomes dry, red and itchy due to the extreme temperatures; making their lives uncomfortable, sometimes miserable. I've taken them to the doctor, to skin specialists, and tried many ointments but over the years, I've found ways to prevent their eczema turning severe, and to keep them healthy and happy.

The best way to treat eczema is by cleaning their skin every day. When taking showers, (or baths), the water should be lukewarm, not too cold or too hot. I highly recommend using a gentle soap like Dove moisturizing soap to clean the skin, and then apply Aveeno 24hr moisturizing body lotion. My boys only wear 100 percent cotton clothing, no polyester or wool. Cotton allows the skin to breathe, and doesn't irritate it. I also use Ivory Snow laundry detergent to wash their clothes. Some brands are too harsh for their sensitive skin. I also make sure they eat a balanced meal, and they have a multi-vitamin supplement, and of course, they drink lots of water. As you can see, I do everything I can to make my boys moisturized and happy.

Do you have any skin care tips you want to share with me? I'd love to hear from you. We're experiencing a deep freeze over here. Excuse me, while I put on some lotion.

And how many days left until spring?

7 comments:

  1. Little man and little lady are the same but usually on the regular if i dont rub them down with AQUAPHOR they get little dry patches everywhere. the stuff really moisturizes. we use to use the aveeno baby thinking little man was allergic to certain lotions but it was just that he had sever dry skin so this is the only stuff that helps. We shower and rub down his whole body it seems to be working. I hope spring comes fast for you!!!

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  2. Thanks Ruby! I'll try and find Aquaphor - not sure if it's available here.

    It would be nice if the weather warms up a bit! :)

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  3. I have to use the spectro line with lil man because aveeno only made it worse. He got red rashes everywhere with aveeno :(

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  4. Aww..poor lil man. Spectro is good too but Aveeno worked well with my boys.

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  5. My son has the same problem. What worked for my son was that we put lotion on him right after he got out of the bath. We just patted him dry and applied lotion while he was still just a tad damp. His pediatrician recommended this and it actually works! She also recommended the Vaseline Deep Moisture Creamy Formula Petroleum Jelly!
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  6. Following from MBC! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    I can recommend Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion. I just did a review and giveaway on it...it works great on dry skin and eczema! I had never heard of it before, but now I'm hooked! It's really light, barely a scent, and soaks right in. It worked really well.

    Have a great day!

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  7. cetaphil works great for my kids.

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